COUNTY COURT EXCERPTS
Abstracted from Caldwell County Clerk Order Book E-1, microfilm roll 468441, pp 349 - 416, Kentucky Dept for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
19 January 1835
Settlement with William Mercer as guardian for Martha Rogers filed at November term 1834 approved and ordered recorded.
Commissioners appointed to allot to Mrs. Polly Jennings her dower in the estate of her late husband James Jennings decíd produced in court and ordered to record.
Commissioners appointed to allot to Mrs. Elizabeth Hunter her dower in the estate of her late husband George Hunter decíd produced in court and ordered to record.
Appraisement and sale bill of estate of Whitmil Reddick decíd ordered recorded.
Elijah Satterfield given leave to renew his bond as Constable.
John Weeks appointed guardian for John H. OíNeal, infant son of Charles OíNeal decíd.
The last Will and Testament of Joseph Guess decíd produced in open court and proven by the several oaths of Joshua Franks and John Guess and ordered to be recorded. James Guess, executor named in said will, granted Letters Testamentary.
Appraisement Bill and Sale Bill of the estate of J.F. Lander decíd ordered recorded.
Appraisement and sale bill of the estate of Joseph Rucker ordered to record.
Appraisement bill and sale bill of the estate of Reddick Nichols ordered to be recorded.
Alfred Brock permitted to act as deputy to John Weeks, Sheriff.
Samuel Campbell took the oath as Justice of the peace for Caldwell County.
Commissioners appointed to select a place for a poor house for this county returned their report ... after much search and inquiry selected a place belonging to Wm. Mitchusson Esqr. lying about 2 miles from Princeton containing 103 acres which is well watered both for stock and drinking water, the Eddy Creek runs thro. the land and every convenience necessary for the support of the poor are attached to the land, a tolerable comfortable dwelling house and a few out houses are situate on it, the soil is rich, the place is well timbered. We are clearly of opinion that this place is the best adapted for the purpose for a poor house farm ... the price which Mr. Mitchusson asks for the place is $600, which is agreed on by us on behalf of the County Court. [signed] John Ohara, M.A. Rucker, James C. Weller, J.A. Cartwright, Commrs.
Additional Sale Bill of the estate of Ezekiel Dunning decíd ordered to record.
Edward N. Owen appointed commissioner to take in the lists of taxable property for this year in the bounds allotted to James Perry last year. Charles C. Lockett appointed commissioner to take in the lists of taxable property for the present year in the bounds allotted to John M. Cresap last year. Ebenezer E. Goodlett appointed a commissioner to take in the lists of taxable property in this county for this year in the bounds allotted to Thomas W. Matlock last year.
John Gray permitted to keep a tavern in his large brick house in the Town of Princeton on Main South Street for one year from this date.
A Majority of all the Justices now in this County recommend to the Governor of this Commonwealth Jeremiah Rucker and Isaac Grubbs as fit an proper persons for the office of Sheriff of Caldwell County, J. Rucker being the senior magistrate now in commission in this county.
Summons to issue against Francis M. Cooper, executor of the last Will and Testament of Tacy Cooper to shew cause if any he can why he shall not give additional security for the faithful performance of his duties. Case continued to next court term.
It appearing there are not a sufficient number of ordained ministers of the Gospel in this County, ordered that Howard Cassidy to licensed and permitted to solemnized the rites of matrimony between any persons regularly applying therefore in this County.
Motion against Elizabeth Hunter to shew cause why Abraham Hunter should not be bound out is discontinued and James A. Cartwrigtht appointed his guardian.
20 January 1835
Wm. Easley, Jesse Nichols, Wm. McDowell and J. Laughlin appointed commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road to lead the nearest & best way from Allen Pearceís mill on Donaldsonís fork of tradewater to Simpsons Ware house on tradewater.
16 February 1835
Satisfactory proof made in Open Court by oaths of Asberry Harpending and Stephen F. Ogden that Benjamin Ogden late a pensioner of the United States departed this life on the 16th day of November 1834, and that Benjamin was the identical person named in an original Certificate ... bearing date the 6th day of November 1832 and signed by Lew Cass Secretary of War, granting to Benjamin Ogden a pension of $80 per year and Number 1535, and further proven that Nancy Ogden is the widow of Benjn. Ogden and she is still living.
Sale Bill of the estate of Davis Dunnavin decíd approved & ordered recorded.
Henry B. Pack Esqr. admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor at law in this county.
James H. Bigham produced to the Court a Commission from the Governor appointing him Coroner for this county.
Isaac Grubbs, Francis Gardner & Z. Chandler, or any two of them, appointed to procession and perpetuate testimony of a certain tract of land situate and being on the waters of the Big Eddy Creek belonging to Daniel Freer containing by survey 200 acres conveyed to Freer by J. Gregory by deed 4 Apr 1834.
Appraisement bill and Sale bill of the estate of James Perry decíd ordered recorded.
James A. Cartwright, Ennis Hooper, Eli Nichols and James C. Weller, or any three of them, appointed to allott and set apart to Mrs. Penelope Perry widow of James Perry decíd her dower in the lands her late husband died seized and possessed of.
Letters of administration on the estate of Joseph Rodgers decíd granted to John Rodgers. Ennis Hooper, James Cantrel and John Matlock appointed to appraise decedentís estate.
Appraisment and sale bill of the estate of John Young decíd produced in Open Court and ordered to record.
Z. Kennedy, James Clinton and John Clinton appointed to appraise the estate of Joseph Guess decíd.
James M. Harper, Capt., E. Morse, W.[?] Kilgore & R. Harper appointed patrollers to act in Robt. Barrs Company for the ensuing 12 months.
The Sheriff of this County on the 21st day of March next ordered to hire out at public out cry to the highest bidder the negro boy Bob now in the jail (runaway) for the term of three months unless the owner of said negro in the meantime comes and gets him, the sheriff is directed to advertise the negro boy Bob before the hiring, according to law.
Commissioners appointed by this Court at last August term to allott and set apart to Mrs. Ann Jackson, widow of Thomas Jackson decíd, her dower in the estate of her late husband, returned their report, which being examined was rejected by the Court and on mother of Mrs. Jackson it is ordered that Benjamin G. Rice, James Blue, Z. Wyatt, F. Darby and Stephen Grove, or any three of them, are appointed commissioners to allot dower to Mrs. Jackson.
James A. Cartwright, John Wylie, Nat Nichols and William Nichols are appointed commissioners to allott and set apart to Mrs. Caty Nichols her dower in her late husbandís estate, Reddick Nichols decíd.
20 April 1835
Nancy Cash appointed guardian for James A. Cash, Cyntha A. Cash, Sarah Cash, Irabella Cash, Jane Cash and Ann Cash, infant heirs of Joel Cash decíd.
Alfred Murray, son of Becky Murray decíd, who was 10 years of age the 31st day of last January, bound out to Isaac Gray until he is 21 years of age to learn the art trade and mystery of a farmer.
Commissioners appointed by this Court to at their last November term to make a conveyance of a certain tract of land in this County for an on behalf of the Heirs of William Lander decíd unto Abner W. Smith, this day appeared and acknowledged a deed of conveyance to Smith.
Malinda Franks, who is about 13 years of age this month, bound out to Thomas Beck until she is 18 years of age and to learn the art trade & mystery of a spinster.
Appraisement and Sale bill of the estate of Joseph Guess decíd ordered to record.
Appraisement and sale bill of the estate of W.K. Wilson decíd ordered to record.
The last Will and Testament of James Smith decíd produced in Open Court and proven by the oaths of Mitchell Land and Wm. F. Kemp, subscribing witnesses, and ordered to record.
Leave given Abner W. Smith to renew his Bond as Constable.
Settlement made with Executors of the last Will and Testament of Wells Griffith decíd.
Settlement made with administrators of the estate of Isaac Hicks decíd ordered to be recorded.
Satisfactory proof was this day made in Open Court by the oaths of William Garner and Alfred Guess that Joseph Guess, late a pensioner of the United States, departed this life on the 13th day of January 1835 and that he was the identical person named in an original Certificate now here Shewn bearing date the 14th day of March 1833 and signed by Lew Cass, Secretary of War, granting Joseph Guess a pension of Thirty Two dollars and fifty cents per annum and numbered 7198 and it was further proven that Constance Guess is the Widow of Joseph Guess and she is now living.
Satisfactory proof made by the oaths of Kirkland Bush and Josiah Lester that James Jennings, late a pensioner of the United States, departed this life on the 24th day of August 1834, and that he was the identical person named in an original Certificate bearing date 28th day of May 1819 and signed by J.L. Edwards on behalf of the Secretary of War, granting Jennings a pension of eight dollars per month, to commence on the 24th day of November 1818, and numbered 11.552. And it was further proven that Polly Jennings is the widow and she is now living.
Herrington Stevens, a minister and reputed member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, appeared in open Court and produced his credentials as a minister of the Gospel in said Church. Stevens authorised to solemnize the rites of Matrimony.
William Morse given leave to renew his Bond as Constable in and for this county.
On motion of John W. Marshall and Samuel P.L. Marshall for the purpose of erecting a water griss [sic] and saw mill across the Eddy Creek at a place known by Sandersí old fish trap and it appearing that J. & S. Marshall Owns the land on both sides of said stream as well as the bed thereof at said place, ordered that a writ of adquaddannum be awarded them directed to the sheriff to summon 12 discreet persons to meet on the land proposed for the erecting of the mill on the 15th day of May next ... and make a report.
James Ramey appointed guardian for Martin Ramey, Jinsey Ramey, John Ramey, Thos. Ramey, Eveline Ramey and Mourning Ramey, infant heirs of John Ramey decíd.
A writing purporting to be an authenticated copy of the last Will and Testament of James Boggs decíd, formerly of the city of New York, produced and ordered recorded.
James A. Cartwright, James Cantrel, Ennis Hooper and Thomas Petitt, or any three of them, appointed to allott and set apart to Mrs. Sarah Rogers her dower in her late husbandís estate, said Joseph Rogers decíd and also to divide the real estate of the decedent among the heirs.
Leave given Thomas W. Matlock to renew his bond as Constable.
18 May 1835
The last Will and Testament of David Parrent decíd produced in open Court and proven by the oaths of Thomas Beck and William Sharp, subscribing witnesses, and ordered to be recorded.
Apraisement and Sale bill of the estate of Samuel M. Asher decíd produced, examined and ordered to be recorded.
Leave given Edward N. Owen to renew his bond as Constable.
Additional Sale bill of the estate of Adam Perkins decíd produced and ordered recorded.
Appraisement and sale bill of the estate of Harvey Young produced, approved and ordered to record.
Satisfactory proof made by the oaths of Elias A. Calvert and Cassandra Stone that William Derrington, late a pensioner of the United States, departed this life on the 24th day of November 1834 and that he was the identical person named in the original Certificate here shewn bearing date the 21st day of May 1819 and signed by J.L. Edwards on behalf of the Secretary of War granting to William Derrington a pension of eight dollars per month to commence on the 24th day of July 1818 and numbered 10.918. And it was also proven that Martha Derrington is the widow of William and that she is now living.
An appraisement and sale bill of the estate of Joseph Rogers decíd produced, examined and ordered to be recorded.
William Young, Dison McGreger, Thomas Robertson, Jesse Robertson and James Dillingham appointed to view a way for a road to lead from Youngs Mill to tradewater below the mouth of Flynns fork in a direction from Princeton to Madisonville.
On motion of the heirs of John Gray decíd, It is ordered that Johnson Laughlin, Samuel Campbell and William Mercer be appointed commissioners to divide all the real estate of John Gray decíd situated and lying in the counties of Caldwell, Trigg, Livingston, Hopkins and Union in this state.
Clerk of this Court ordered to bind out George H. Corley, Milton Corley and Edney P. Corley unto James B. Waddill, the said George H. and Milton until they are 21 years of age, and Edney P. until she is 18 years of age. George H. being now 11 years of age, Milton, six years of age and Edney P. Corley, 4 years of age, and being infant children of Elizabeth Corley decíd. George H. and Milton to learn the art, trade and mystery of farmer and Edney, the art trade and mystery of a spinster.
Saml. P. Ramsey appointed curator for Polly Ann Armstrong, Isaac Armstrong, Franklin Armstrong and William Armstrong, infant children of John Armstrong decíd.
The last Will and Testament of William Derrington produced in open Court and ordered to record.
Reuben R. Bush resigned his office as Constable and David R. Mims appointed as such.
Commissioners appointed to divide the land belonging to the estate of Joseph Rogers decíd among his heirs returned their report. Also returned was report to allott to Mrs. Rogers her dower in land of said Rogers.
An additional sale bill of the estate of Thomas Jackson decíd produced in open Court, approved and ordered to record.
Edward N. Owen allowed $45 for his services in taking in the lists of taxable property in this year, being engaged 45 days in taking same. Charles C. Lockett allowed $35 for taking in his lists of taxable property, being engaged 35 days in taking same. Ebenezer E. Goodlett allowed $53 for taking his lists of taxable property, being engaged 53 days in taking same.
20 July 1835
An appraisement and Sale Bill of the estate of George Hunter decíd approved and ordered to be recorded.
An appraisement and Sale Bill of the estate of William Lamb decíd produced in Open Court and ordered to be recorded.
The settlement with the administrator and administratrix of the estate of William Freer decíd returned at the last April term of this court was this day again Called and there being no objection made the same was examined approved and ordered recorded.
The settlement with Thomas Prince as Guardian for Lauren and Helen Frazer returned at the last April term of this court was this day again Called and there being no objection made ... examined, approved and ordered to be recorded.
Settlement with the administrator of the estate of E.A. Clifton ordered recorded.
Commissioners appointed to allott and Convey unto Mrs. Mary Chandler her dower in the estate of her late husband S.K. Chandler decíd produced their report, which was approved and ordered to be recorded.
William Cash having been appointed a Justice of the peace this day produced a Certificate of his qualifications as such.
Mrs. Ann Jackson, widow and relict of Thomas Jackson, produced the report of the commissioners appointed to allott to her, her dower in the estate of her late husband.
John Weeks, Sheriff of this County, fined $5 for not keeping silent in Courthouse.
Clerk of this Court ordered to bind out Andrew J. Nickel, son of James Nickel decíd, born 2d day of February 1820 unto James B. Sasseen until he is 21 years of age to learn the art, trade and mystery of a blacksmith.
Summons ordered to be issue against James A. Cartwright to shew cause why James M. Nickel, son of James Nickel decíd, should not be bound out, sd. Nickel now living with Cartwright.
William Gray appointed Guardian for Lydia Gray and Nathan Gray, infant children of Nathan O. Gray decíd.
Letters of administration granted unto John Ramey on the goods and chattles rights and credits of Robinson Ramey decíd. B. Perkins, James Jordan & David Pirtle to appraise the estate of the decedent.
Samuel Campbell, John Holland and William Lofland appointed to procession a certain tract of land on the waters of Donalsonís fork of tradewater containing about 200 acres, belonging to Dorcas Shaw, patented in the name of Anna Shaw and conveyed by her to Dorcas Shaw.
Margaret Cooper, daughter of Tacey Cooper decíd, appeared in open Court and made choice of William McElroy as her Guardian. Elizabeth Cooper, daughter of Tacey Cooper decíd, made choice of Robert A. Longley as her Guardian. Jane Cooper, daughter of Tacey Cooper decíd, made choice of Jonathan McElroy as her Guardian.
On motion of Delany Hall, it is ordered that Robt. Gray, H. Hopper and Levi Crow be appointed commissioners to view the propriety of changing the road leading from Mathew Lyonís Mill to John Georgeís Shop as contemplated by Hall.
William King produced in open Court a deed of emancipation made by John Baker emancipating and setting free Bakerís four slaves, George, Hasty, Nancy and Marinda, and also a Letter of attorney from Baker to King authorising him to sign Bakerís name to a Bond for the purpose of keeping said negroes from becoming chargeable to the county. The deed of emancipation and power of attorney were proven by Jason Griffith and Hosea Newsom. The slaves are described as follows: George, a man about 33 years old and of black complexion; Hasty, a female about 26 years of age also of black complexion; Nancy, female of yellow complexion about 21 years old; Marinda, female near 7 years old of yellow complexion.
The Princeton Thespian Society granted the privilege of having their theatrical exhibitions in the Court house and for that purpose the Court house is put and placed under the care and control of Thomas Cassidy, the manager of the Thespian Society.
Zachariah Dunning appointed surveyor of that part of the public road leading from Hopkinsville to Princeton commencing at the late residence of Nathl. Nichols decíd and extending to the house & Barn knob on said road and that he together with all the hands living within one mile on each side of that part of said road keep the same in repair clean and smooth 30 feet wide.
21 July 1835
The fine imposed on John Weeks, Sheriff of this county, of $5 is hereby released.
John Kendrick appointed overseer of that part of the public road leading from Princeton to Salem, beginning within a half mile of Princeton and extending to the mouth of Campbellís lane at the grave yard and that he with Wm. Stevens, Saml. Stevens and all hands living at Cumberland College and such others as may come in their places, keep the same in repair clean and smooth 30 feet wide ... in place of H. Young decíd.
John Veid appointed overseer of that part of the public road leading from Eddyville to Saline Lick by Jacobís, Beginning at Birds Creek on said road and extending to where the road leaves the road from Eddyville to Centerville, and that he with all hands living on said road keep same in repair.
17 August 1835
Jeremiah Rucker produced a commission from the Governor of this Commonwealth appointing him Sheriff for this County.
Report of settlement with the administrator of the estate of Nathaniel Nichols decíd and administrator of the estate of E.H. Clifton approved and ordered to be recorded.
On motion of Charity Lane, ordered that a summons be awarded her against Thomas Anderson, John W. Simpson and John Whitnel to shew cause why Judgment should not be rendered against them in favor of Charity for the balance due her on the Bond executed by Anderson and Simpson and Whitnel as his securities for the support of a Bastard child begotten by Anderson on the body of Charity Lane.
Letters of administration granted Jonathan Stevens on the goods and chattles rights and credits of John Seabolt[?] decíd.
Alfred Brook and Thomas Hunter permitted to act as deputies to Jeremiah Rucker Sheriff.
Letters of administration granted unto Thomas Elder on the estate of William Armstrong decíd. Logan Armstrong, B.G. Rice and Harvey W. Bigham to appraise decedentís estate.
Enoch B. Prince, infant son of Enoch Prince decíd, made choice of Charles H. Webb as his guardian.
Thomas W. Matlock appointed Guardian for William H. Prince and John C. Prince, infants & heirs of John Prince decíd.
Letters of administration granted unto James A. Cartwright on the goods & chattles rights and credits of Rebecca Lamb decíd. J. Shemwell, B. Glass and Eli Nichols appointed to appraise decedentís estate.
19 October 1835
Letters of administration granted unto Celia Prince, widow and relict of John Prince decíd, on the goods and chattles rights and credits of said John Prince. Saml. Glenn, J.C. Langston & Robt. L. Cobb appointed to appraise decedentís estate.
James A. Cartwright, commissioners appointed by this Court to sell and dispose of the land warrants granted to this county by Act of Assembly, produced in Open Court a list of sale made by him, being 9 in number.
The last Will and Testament of Reuben Cook decíd produced in Court and proven by the several oaths of James Dunning, Baless J. Grubbs and John Davis, subscribing witnesses thereto. Letters Testamentary & probate granted to Alfred Woolf & Isaac Grubbs, the Executors. Geo. White, James Glass, Wm. B. Bond and Joseph McConnell, or any 3 of them, appointed to view and appraise the estate.
The report and allotment of Mrs. Ann Jacksonís dower in the estate of Thomas Jackson decíd, her late husband, made by commissioners and returned at the last July term of this Court, was this day again Called and the evidence and arguments of Counsel being heard on the exceptions to said Report & allotments of dower by Arnold Jacob, and the Court being sufficiently advised in the premises, It is ordered that the same be quashed set aside & held for naught and that Ann Jackson pay Arnold Jacob the costs by him in this behalf expended and Execution is awarded.
Arnold Jacob ordered to pay unto James W. White and A.J. Jones 50 cents each for their attendance as witnesses for Jacob one day at this term in the case of Ann Jackson & Jacob concerning her dower in the estate of Thomas Jackson decíd.
On motion of Ann Jackson, ordered that James C. Weller, M.A. Rucker, Saml. Glenn & B.G. Rice, or any three of them, be appointed to lay off and set apart to her, her dower in the estate of her late husband, Thomas Jackson decíd.
The last Will and Testament of Thomas C. Bradburn decíd produced in Court and proven by the oaths of Coleman Brown and Solomon Beeson and ordered recorded.
An Appraise Bill and Sale Bill of the estate of David Scott decíd approved & ordered to be recorded.
Letters of administration granted unto Jeptha Griffith, Jason Griffith and Arthur Colley on the goods & chattles, rights & credits of Eli Griffith decíd. Joseph McConnell, James Cook, William Tear and George White, or any 3 of them, appointed to appraise decedentís estate.
Letters of administration granted unto Jesse Ritch on the goods and chattles, rights and credits of William Ritch decíd. M.A. Rucker, Martin Asbridge & Elijah Brooks appointed to appraise decedentís estate.
The Last Will and Testament of Caleb Stone decíd was this day produced in Open Court and proven by the several oaths of James G. Glenn, Henry McElroy & George W. Grubbs. Letters Testamentary granted to Rebecca Stone and Leasil Stone, Executors.
Letters of administration granted unto Nancy Kesterson on the goods and chattles rights and credits of John Kesterson decíd. James Cook, Cordy Cook & Abrm. Dunning appointed to view and appraise decedentís estate.
Letters of administration granted unto Jacob Crayne on the goods and chattles rights and credits of Philip Deboe Senr. decíd. Alexr. Maxwell, David Woodsides and John Guess to appraise decedentís estate.
Jonathan C. Langston, Robt. L. Cobb, Saml. Glenn and John W. Marshall to set a part and allott to Celia Prince her dower in the estate of John Prince decíd, she being the widow and relict.
William Mercer appointed administrator of the goods & chattles rights & credits of James Dobbyns decíd. Job Cherry, Roger Tandy, Tandy Perry, Saml. Kilgore & M. Gore, or any 3 of them, to appraise the estate of the decedent.
Letters of administration granted unto Timothy Dunnavan on the goods and chattles rights and credits of Davis Dunnavan decíd. William McGowan, F.W. Urey, D.W. McGoodwin and J.H. Rackerly, or any 3 of them, appointed to view & appraise decedentís estate.
Letters of administration granted unto George G. Cash on the goods & chattles rights & credits of William L. Harris decíd. Thos. Beck, L. Cash and Jesse F. Lamb to view & appraise the estate of the decedent.
Letters of administration granted unto John P. Gray on the goods & chattles rights & credits of West Fowler decíd. John Hall, Philip Coleman, Hez. George and James East, or any three of them, appointed to view & appraise decedentís estate.
Letters of administration granted unto John Hall on the goods and chattles rights & credits of Mary Hall decíd. Hez. George, John George, Philip Coleman & James East, or any 3 of them, to appraise the estate of the decedent.
20 October 1835
Commissioners produced a settlement made with administrator of the estate of Jas. M. Kelly decíd; also with the administrator of the estate of John Haworth; also with the administrators of David Maxwell decíd and with Ben Wilson, Guardian for David L. & Mitchell Wilson, which were laid over to next term of this court for exceptions.
Henry Hankins, Thos. J. Flournoy, L. Lindsay, F.W. Urey & E. Shepardson appointed to inquire into the expediency of building a new Courthouse for this county and if they find that a Courthouse should be built that they draft a plan & report.
James A. Cartwright, Johnson Laughlin & Eli Nichols appointed commissioners to divide and make partition among the respective heirs entitled thereto the tracts of land belonging to the estate of James Perry decíd.
Alexander Maxwell produced in Open Court a Relinquishment from Mrs. Nancy Maxwell of her right to administer on the estate of her late husband, Wm. Maxwell decíd, in favor of her father in law, Alexander Maxwell. Ordered that Letters of administration be granted unto Alexander Maxwell on the goods & chattles rights & credits of William Maxwell. B.G. Rice, James Armstrong, H. Parr and Wm. Smith, or any 3 of them, be appointed to appraise the estate of the decedent.
16 November 1835
The Sheriff of this County ordered to pay back $3 to John George, that much was overcharged and collected of George in his taxes of last year.
Letters Testamentary and probate of Thomas Bradburn decíd will granted unto Ruth Bradburn.
Appraisement and Sale Bill of the estate of William Maxwell decíd returned and ordered to be recorded.
Appraisement and Sale Bill of the estate of John Prince decíd returned, approved and ordered to be recorded.
Commissioners appointed to allott and set apart to Mrs. Celia Prince her dower in the estate of her late husband John Prince decíd returned and ordered to be recorded.
William King produced a writing purporting to be the last Will & testament of John Baker Senr. decíd, said King being his Executor, and moved the Court to have the Will proven and recorded. On motion of John Baker Jr., Saml. Baker, Peter Baker, Robt. Rogers & D. Jennings, heirs of John Baker, the same was laid over & continued until next term of court.
Martha Simpson and Isabella McChesney stated in Open Court that Walter McChesney in his last illness stated he wished the stable horse sold and that the price be divided between his sons James McChesney and Andrew W. McChesney and that the plantation should remain in the possession of his wife Margaret McChesney for her support during her life and the raising and support of the family, and at the death of Margaret the tract of land on which the farm is situated to descend to his youngest son Mathew McChesney. Established as the noncupative will of Walter McChesney decíd. Samuel A. McChesney appointed administrator of decedentís estate.
Joseph Brown of Randolph County, Illinois, attorney in fact for the heirs of Isaac Brown decíd produced in Open Court a Letter of Attorney from the heirs a deed emancipating two negro men, who are here in Court and of the following names & descriptions, to wit, one named Jack about 38 or 9 years of age, of black complexion and a scar by a burn on his right arm and leg and two African marks projecting from the outer corner of each of his eyes, and the other named Ben, about 27 or 8 years of age, also of black complexion, about whom there are no peculiar marks perceivable. The heirs are of Randolph and Perry, State of Illinois: Jane Brown, Samuel Brown, David Brown, Ephriam Hill, John Brown, Hugh M. Brown, John Craig, Isaac Brown, Alexander Craig. Ordered that Jack and Ben be and are hereby set at their full liberty and declared to be free.
A majority of all the magistrates being present and concurring, Ordered that this Court will build a new Court house where the present one now stands. And the commissioners appointed for the purpose of drafting a plan by which to build said Courthouse produced two reports and plans, and upon mature deliberation, Ordered that the plan made out by Livingston Lindsay, one of the commissioners, be adopted as the model by which the new Courthouse shall be built .. We propose that the building be 60 feet square, and 30 feet high embracing two feet of the foundation wall above the surface of the ground. We think we can safely affirm the expense would not amount to more than $1800 ... We are of the opinion that the sum of $1000 may be realized from the materials of the old building. We congratulate the Court upon the prospect of removing this eyesore (the old Courthouse) from the county, which repulses every stranger who passes through it ... because he is certain to make up his opinion of the civil condition of a community by the character of its public buildings. Other counties west of the River far behind us in age and much inferior to us in wealth, population and intelligence, are yet out stripping us in this branch of improvement. Tho settled but a few years ago, they are already setting us a praiseworthy example in raising up monuments of their public spirited enterprise, Our sister Counties generally in the Green River Country are pursuing the same [illegible] course and vying in a liberal spirit of rivalry in giving character to that public work in which all participate, and in which all feel a Just and laudable pride, shall Caldwell County lag behind? The present movement gives assurance that she is no longer disposed to doubt & halt, We rejoice at it, and cannot forbear the expression of our gratification that she is now about to put forth her strength and redeem herself from the stigma of a "lagging policy" by the enlightened liberality of her public men ... respectfully Submitted: F.W. Urey, E. Shepardson, Livingston Lindsay, Th. J. Flournoy, Henry Hawkins.
Ordered that Francis W. Urey, Elijah Shepardson, Livingston Lindsay, Th. J. Flournoy & Robert A. Patterson appointed commissioners to let out the building of the contemplated new Courthouse ... to the lowest bidder ... built of good & substantial materials & good workman like style ... further ordered that after letting out the building of the courthouse to sell the present old courthouse to the highest bidder.
Settlements with administrator of the estate of James M. Kelly decíd, with the administrator of the estate of John Haworth decíd, with John Wilson guardian and with administrator of the estate of D. Maxwell decíd approved & ordered recorded.
Terry King made application to keep a tavern in the Town of Eddyville in the house in which he lives and there not being a majority of magistrates, motion continued.
Among claims presented to the court: Reuben Campbell for keeping Thomas Powell in 1834 & 5 and for burrying him for use of J. Harper & S. Campbell, $15; Jacob Sigler for keeping James Dunbar in addition to what was allowed him last year, $15; Charles C. Lockett for whipping two negroes by order of Justice of peace, $1; M.A. Rucker for keeping old negro woman named Judy 9 months & burrying her, $30; John OHara commissioner of poor house for his services, $22; Elizabeth Dunbar to keep James Dunbar until next Dec term of this Court, $4; F.W. Urey, Elijah Shepardson, Livingston Lindsay, Th. J. Flournoy & R.A. Patterson, commissioners to superintend the building the new Courthouse, $2664.50.
Ordered that the thanks be tendered Mr. Livingston Livesay for the verry able and satisfactory report by him made out and returned with the plan of the contemplated new courthouse by him drafted.
John Hamilton, Jas. Johnson, Wallis Davidson, B.G. Rice and David Caldwell appointed to procession for Harvey W. Bigham two tracts of land containing 200 each, situate on the waters of Livingston Creek, one tract formerly owned by David Davidson including the Big Spring or Scotts old mill, the other tract formerly owned by Joshua Scott and by Scott & Davidson conveyed to James Boggs & by Boggsí Executors conveyed to Bigham, said lands adjoin David Caldwell, John Hamilton, S. Dean & A. Stewart. Also to procession 200 acres belonging to the Executors or heirs of James Boggs decíd surveyed for Joshua Scott adjoining the above tracts.
17 November 1835
Lawson Still, infant son of James Still decíd now about 13 years of age, bound unto Samuel McCollan until he is 21 years to learn the art trade & mystery of a carpenter.
Leave given James N. Wells to change the road leading from Eddyville to Marshalls old ferry, commencing at Wells house and running so as to intersect the old road again at or near M.H. Hills house, by Wells cutting the same out clean & smooth as wide as the present road.
Jeremiah Wilhite chosen as their Guardian by Mrs. Jane Wilhite (late Hunter), Andrew Hunter & Washington Hunter and appointed guardian for Mary Ann Hunter, David Hunter, Peter Hunter, Nancy Hunter and Richard Hunter, infant children of George Hunter decíd.
Sprigg Jarrett appointed overseer of that part of the public road leading from Princeton to Harmons ferry in a direction to Smithland, Beginning at the widow Longs & extending to said ferry and that he with all the hands living between said road & Livingston Creek to Cumberland River keep same in repair clean & smooth 15 ft. wide.
21 December 1835
Appraisement and Sale Bill of the estate of Joel Cash decíd returned & ordered to be recorded.
Daniel McCoy allowed $2 as a credit on his taxes for 1836 as so much overpaid on his taxes for this year.
An appraisement and Sale bill of the estate of James Dobbins decíd examined & ordered to be recorded.
Elizabeth Dunbar to keep James Dunbar, a poor blind man, until next term of this court, for which she shall be allowed in the same proportion that she was allowed at last term, and also the further sum of $8 for clothing for Jas. Dunbar.
An appraisement and sale bill of the estate of Reuben Cook decíd produced in open Court and ordered to be recorded.
Letters of administration granted unto Thomas H. Bashaw on the goods & chattles rights & credits of Jacob White decíd. Alexr. Glass, Saml. Copeland & Elijah Darnall to appraise decedentís estate.
Nathan S. Dallam clerk of this Court together with Livingston Lindsay Wm. B. Young and Charles H. Webb his Securities entered into & acknowledged bond as Clerk. The Condition of the obligation is such that Nathan S. Dallam clerk of the County Court for the County of Caldwell shall faithfully execute the duties of his office and not suffer the records or papers of said office to be removed out of the County And shall faithfully pay over as required by law all taxes and money belonging to the Commonwealth which has or shall Come to his hands as clerk ... then this obligation to be void, Else to be and remain in full force & virtue.
William King Plff against John Bakerís Heirs Defts: Continued to next term of court. William King appointed curator to take care of the goods & chattles rights & credits of John Baker decíd.
William Stevenson, Mathew M. Stevenson & Jeptha Johnson appointed appraisers of the estate of Walter McChesney decíd.
Ordered that the new Courthouse contemplated to be built have two doors instead of one and that one be on the north side and one on the South side.
L. Lindsay, E. Shepardson & F.W. Urey, commissioners appointed to superintend the building the new Courthouse resigned their office as commissioners and Joseph W. Fowler, Charles H. Webb and Dr. P.B. McGoodwin appointed to superintend in their places.
James C. Weller Capt., Alfred Brock, C.C. Lockett, Doctor Wall & R.A. Patterson appointed a patrole in & for the town of Princeton.
James M. Harper Capt., Henry H. Harper, James M. Bumpass, Robt. Harper & Wm. Shirly appointed a patrole in Capt. Barrís Company.
Brook Perkins admr. of the estate of P. Simmerman decíd produced in open Court two appraisement Bills & two Sale Bills of decedentís estate, which were ordered to be recorded.